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Feds, Newfoundland sign bilateral infrastructure deal

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Feds, Newfoundland sign bilateral infrastructure deal

ST. JOHN’S — The federal government and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have announced the signing of a bilateral agreement under the Investing in Canada plan that will provide more than $555 million in federal funding over the next decade for infrastructure projects in the province.

With the deal, announced Sept. 10, Newfoundland and Labrador becomes the 12th jurisdiction across the country to reach a long-term infrastructure agreement with the Government of Canada, a release noted. Saskatchewan remains the sole province unsigned.

The agreement provides $109 million to build new urban transit networks and service extensions, $302.4 million for programs to support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, $39.8 million towards community, culture and recreation infrastructure and $104.6 million to support rural infrastructure, the statement said.

“The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador values our collaborative working relationship with the federal government as we continue to ensure that residents are directly benefiting from high quality municipal infrastructure,” commented Dwight Ball, premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, in the statement.

“As we have outlined in The Way Forward, our government continues to leverage all available sources of federal funding, including the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, to maximize investments that will achieve greater efficiency, strengthen the province’s economic foundation, enhance services and improve outcomes for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

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